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Girl Scouts to honor local women leaders

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains is proud to announce this year's honorees for the Women of Distinction awards. These awards are given to women leaders in recognition of their leadership and service in the community. A dinner will be held in their honor at the McInturff Conference Center, located at 602 Indiana Avenue, on Tuesday, April 2nd at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person.

Janice Vaughn, Girl Scout volunteer and past Women of Distinction honoree, will emcee the event. Proceeds from the event help provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to Lubbock area girls.

This year's Lubbock Women of Distinction are:

  • Discover Award: Vernita Woods-Holmes of Lubbock, retired educator and Administrative Liaison for the Region 17 Education Service Center Adult Education department. Woods-Holmes also serves on the boards of youth-serving organizations including the YWCA, Early Learning Centers, and Lubbock Independent School District. The recipient of this award demonstrates exceptional understanding of themselves and their values and uses this knowledge in every way possible to help girls and women explore and discover themselves and their world. 
  • Connect Award: Jere Newton of Littlefield, Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts and advocate for children and families through three community organizations: Lamb County Juvenile Probation, Littlefield ISD, and Rural Children's Initiative of West Texas.  The recipient of this award demonstrates exceptional leadership in connecting with others to create solutions in our community and beyond to make the world a better place.
  • Take Action Award: Lou Diekemper of Lubbock, businesswoman and active volunteer.  Diekemper currently serves on the board of the Science Spectrum, the Texas Tech Public Art Committee, and the Texas Tech Office of International Affairs Executive Advisory Board.  The recipient of this award serves our communities and advances the quality of life and opportunities so vital to the development of and support of women leadership.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Lee Ruth Krieg of Lubbock, Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts.  Krieg is an active volunteer for many community organizations including the state board of Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. and the American Museum of Agriculture.  The recipient of this award is an individual that has dedicated their life to serving in the interest and support of women leadership.

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains would like to thank all of our event sponsors for their generous support of this event, including Gold Sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors, Women of Honor Sponsor Lee Lewis Construction, and Friends of Girl Scouting Sponsor McDonald Companies.

Women of Distinction is also brought to you in part by Centennial Sponsor, United Supermarkets. United Supermarkets, now in its 96th year of operation, is a Texas-based, family-owned grocery chain with stores in 30 markets across North and West Texas. A self-distributing company with its headquarters in Lubbock and distribution centers in Lubbock and Roanoke, United currently operates 51 stores under four distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos United and United Express.

Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains serves 23,823 girls and 8,792 adult volunteers in 81 counties from the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles to Fort Worth. The council has area offices located in Abilene, Amarillo, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Wichita Falls. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 

For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to the Girl Scouts, call 800-582-7272 or visit www.gs-top.org.

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